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Noun: backstop  'bak,stóp
  1. (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher
    - catcher
     
  2. (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from travelling out of the playing field
     
  3. A precaution in case of an emergency
    "he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"
Verb: backstop (backstopped,backstopping)  'bak,stóp
  1. (baseball) act as a backstop

Derived forms: backstopped, backstops, backstopping

Type of: fence, fencing, guard, infielder, play, precaution, safeguard

Encyclopedia: Backstop